On this #InternationalWomensDay, HKDC is honoring the plight of women in Hong Kong and elsewhere imprisoned for political offenses. HKDC commemorates the role that women activists have played in the fight for Hong Kong’s freedom and salutes the women activists among our Southern Mongolian, Tibetan and Uyghur allies.
Hong Kong has the highest percentage of female prisoners in the world, many of them among the 1,389 prisoners currently serving time on political charges. These prisoners include pro-democracy leaders—Chow Hang-tung, Gwyneth Ho, Carol Ng, Chu Wai-ying, Wong Yuen-lam, Winnie Yu, Claudia Mo, Tiffany Yuen, Wong Ji-yuet—as well as many unnamed women detained for exercising their universal rights to free speech and assembly.
HKDC also joins the call, led by 24 civil society organizations around the world, for the release of female political prisoners in China, including Cao Zhixin, Li Siqi, Zhai Dengrui, Li Yuanjing, and others detained for their participation in last year’s #A4Revolution.